Onam season is just to begin, and holy Karkidakam month in its last phase. Onam is deeply linked to Kerala culture and Keralities. Now I remember one hilarious joke related to this season which I would like to share with you people. Can Maveli be misinterpreted as Mayavi? It’s not definitely possible for elders. But in the case of kids it’s definitely possible.
For those who are not familiar with Kerala culture, let me tell you, both Maveli and Mayavi are integral characters associated with childhood. Keralities celebrate Onam to welcome their king Maveli, while Mayavi is a positive character associated with Malayalam comics, Balarama since 1980s, and kids love both. Since childhood Mayavi is my most favourite character also, though he is a devil. Maveli is Asura Emperor Mahabali related to Hindu mythology, who Keralites fondly call ‘Maveli’.
This particular incident occurred about two years ago, and we couple came to know about it most recently only. One day I along with my hubby visited our daughter’s dance teacher. At that time, dancer master told that our daughter is nicknamed ‘Mayavi’, and often called by the name in the dance classes. I asked why. He replied, “During last year Onam celebrations we asked every kid to draw a picture of Emperor Maveli (Mahabali) and bring it on the day. While every kid brought the picture of Maveli, your daughter brought Mayavi’s picture, giving laughs to everyone. Since then she became ‘Mayavi’ of our class”.
What to say? We both can’t stop laughing, Mayavi’s picture for Onam celebrations?? Then only we recollected, it was my hubby who drew that picture to her taking much effort though he is not a great artist without giving a second thought. Hilarious, isn’t it?
Mahabali Image source: https://www.saddahaq.com/mahabali-is-home-it-is-onam-time